Don’t wait to travel with your kids.
“One-day …we’re going to take the kids to Hawaii!”
“We really want to travel over to Europe, but we’re waiting until the kids are older”
“We really want to go out West and see the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone, but our summers are just too busy”.
Do any of those statements sound familiar to you? The average American family doesn’t think they spend enough time together (guilty). Between school, work, sports, and extracurricular activities it’s no surprise that we are all feeling disconnected and burned out. The best way to reconnect with your loved ones is to get away. No distractions and no excuses, just you and your kids (or Grandkids) spending “quality time”, enjoying each other’s company and maybe even experiencing an unfamiliar culture together. “Next year, maybe” turns into the year after that…and so forth…until you “blink” and are sitting at their high school graduation wondering what the hell happened!
I don’t know how this happened but my son Kayden graduates high school this May. It seems like Kayden should still be 10 or 11 but he will be 19 in August and it flew by.
I am so thankful that my family invested in travel and taking time away together. I promise even if the kids don’t remember you will. I have so many cherished memories with my kids from traveling.
Travel is proven to be a wonderful learning tool for children. Seeing how people live in other countries can open their minds and hearts and expand their imagination exponentially.
Here are a few things that travel can provide for your family:
- It can create lasting relationship, both between your own family members and people you meet while on the road. Those that you run into along the way give you a glimpse of what life is like outside your regular circle of friends and can give you a fresh perspective on how other cultures live.
- It gives you and your kids perspective. Meeting folks from other cultures will teach you that the way you look at the world (maybe through the distorted lens of our mass media) is not the way everybody does and that you could be dead wrong about some things!
Are you reading this and thinking “Boy…I’ve always wanted to see the Pacific Ocean with my kids”? If you want to do it now, you’ve probably always wanted to. You’ve imagined it, daydreamed about it, envisioned it. Guess what? Now’s the time to DO IT! I have several vacations on my desk right now for folks just like you, who are wanting to finally take their 16 and 21-year-olds to Europe before they are “gone”…or who are celebrating high school graduation with a trip to Hawaii – the destination chosen by their son.
Remember…you only have 18 summers! How will you spend them?